Some very famous celebrities hit the 50 mark in 2011. Here’s a look at 18 of the most famous celebrities:

Susan Boyle

Susan BoyleSusan Boyle is a singer from Scotland who found fame on the talent show Britain’s Got Talent.

At first the judges and audience thought that her performance would be horrendous, but as soon as she started singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables everyone sat up and took notice.

Today Susan is a worldwide star and her third album will be released soon.

  • Date of Birth – April 1, 1961
  • Career Highlight – her debut album being the best selling debut album from a UK artist of all time.
  • Did you know – the YouTube video of her performance on Britain’s Got Talent got almost 2.5 million hits in the first 72 hours.

 

Barack Obama

Barack ObamaBarack Obama started out as a civil rights attorney who went on to represent the Illinois Senate 13th District. He then went on to be a member of the US Senate and decided to run for presidency.

Today he is working to improve health care in the United States and is a keen environmentalist who has passed several laws relating to the subject.

  • Date of Birth – August 4, 1961
  • Career Highlight – becoming the first ever African American President.
  • Did you know – Barack Obama has 6 half siblings.

 

Boy George

Boy George was born George O’Dowd and he started out as a cloakroom attendant in several London clubs until he formed Culture Club. The appeal of the band made them international stars but this did not last as he spiralled in drug abuse and the band split.

He then went on to co create the musical Taboo which was critically acclaimed in the UK and went on to be a hit in America.

  • Date of Birth – June 14, 1961
  • Career Highlight – releasing Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? With Culture Club, it went to number one in countries all over the world.
  • Did you know – as well as being a singer and songwriter Boy George is also a photographer, clothing designer, writer and DJ.

 

Forest Whitaker

Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker is an American actor who is known for the work he puts in to studying characters for his films.

He is one of four children who discovered his love of acting while he was at school.

His first role was playing a football player in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont high which also starred Sean Penn. Since then he has starred in more than 40 films.

  • Date of Birth – July 15, 1961
  • Career Highlight – winning an academy award for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
  • Did you know – Forest Whitaker senior, his father, is a novelist.

 

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman is a now retired basketball player who is known for his antics off the court as well as on it.

He married Baywatch star Carmen Electra and infamously wore a wedding dress when he was promoting his autobiography.

He has also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and had his own MTV talk show The Rodman World Tour.

  • Date of Birth – May 13, 1961
  • Career Highlight – helping his team to win 5 NBA championships.
  • Did you know – he also went on to be a professional wrestler.

 

Michael J. Fox

Michael J Fox is a Canadian actor who rose to fame in the Back to the Future trilogy. He then went on to star in Family Ties and Spin City as well as numerous films.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 1991 and made the public aware of his condition in 1998. Since then he has campaigned for a cure for the disease.

  • Date of Birth – June 9, 1961
  • Career highlight – winning a Golden Globe Award and three Grammys for his role in Family Ties.
  • Did you know – he has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988.

 

Bonnie Hunt

Bonnie Hunt is an actress, writer, comedian, director, daytime TV host and television producer who was born in America to a Polish mother and Irish father.

She was first seen on the screens in 1988 when she starred in Rain Man alongside Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, since then she has been in many films and TV shows and won several awards.

  • Date of Birth – September 22, 1961
  • Career highlight – being nominated for three Daytime Emmys for the Bonnie Hunt Show.
  • Did you know – Bonnie is a Chicago Cubs fan and has not missed a single opening day for the team since 1977.

 

Susan Olsen

Susan Olsen was born in Santa Monica and first starred in the Brady Bunch as Cindy Brady the youngest daughter of the family.

She has appeared in many spin off films from the series and went on to star in Gimmie My Reality Show where she voiced her beliefs about animal rights.

Susan also starred in The Young and the Restless as a guest.

  • Date of Birth – August 14, 1961
  • Career highlight – starring in the Brady Bunch from 1969 – 1974.
  • Did you know – Susan is now a keen animal rights activist and looks after new born kittens until they are old enough to be rehomed.

 

George Clooney

George Clooney is an actor, screenwriter, producer and director who has starred in many films and rose to fame in the TV series ER, playing Dr Douglas Ross.

He has also starred in films such as Ocean’s Eleven, From Dusk Til Dawn, Batman and Robin and many more.

He was married once and after his divorce he famously said that he would never marry again.

  • Date of Birth – May 6, 1961
  • Career highlight – getting a Golden Globe award for his performance in O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • Did you know – George does a lot of humanitarian work and has raised funds for the 2004 tsunami, 9/11 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

 

Toby Keith

Toby Keith is an American singer who is in the country music genre. He released his first album in 1993 and since then he has gone on to be a chart topping star.

He started his own record label in 2005 and has gone on to sign artists such as Trace Adkins, Mica Roberts and Carter’s Chord to the label.

  • Date of Birth – July 8, 1961
  • Career highlight – owning several musical awards.
  • Did you know – so far Keith has written 13 albums and is planning more.

 

George Lopez

George Lopez is known for being an actor, comedian and talk show host in America and he is famous for his insights into ethnic relations and in particular speaks about the culture of Mexican Americans.

In 2004 he had a kidney transplant with a kidney donated by his then wife, since then he has a new lease of life and is doing very well.

  • Date of Birth – April 23, 1961
  • Career highlight – hosting Clear Channel Communications – he was the first Latino to have ever done this.
  • Did you know – in 2010 he announced that he would, in time, run for the Mayor of Los Angeles.

 

Julia Louis Dreyfus

Julia Louis Dreyfus is an American comedienne and actress who is most well known for her roles in the New Adventures of Old Christine and Seinfeld.

She began her career on Saturday Night Live and from here went on to star in Seinfeld.

In 2010 she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in the same year she joined the cast of Web Therapy.

  • Date of Birth – January 13, 1961
  • Career highlight – getting a total of 12 Emmy Award nominations.
  • Did you know – she has also played the voice of Snake’s girlfriend on the Simpsons.

 

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim is an American actress who is well known for her roles in The Practice and Ghost Whisperer. She has also played the role of Elvis’ mother in the 2005 Elvis mini series.

She has also starred in films such as Creator, Sudden Impact, The Road to Wellville, Mercury Rising and Harry’s Law. Camryn is also a human rights activist.

  • Date of Birth – March 8, 1961
  • Career highlight – being awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.
  • Did you know – Camryn once worked as a sign language interpreter at various hospitals.

 

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson is an American actor whose career really took off after her was cast in the sitcom Cheers. From here he went on to star in films such as Natural born Killers, Kingpin, Zombieland and The People VS Larry Flint.

In his personal life Harrelson is a keen environmentalist and works to raise awareness of many environmental issues around the world.

  • Date of Birth – July 23, 1961
  • Career highlight – being cast in Cheers.
  • Did you know – Woody worked as a wood carver in a theme park when he was younger.

 

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is a folk rock singer from America who is a lesbian and gay rights activist who came out herself in 1993.

In 1989 she was nominated for a Grammy for her song Bring Me Some Water, from the album Melissa Etheridge which she completed in just four days.

In addition to her musical career she works to raise awareness of breast cancer as she has suffered from this herself.

  • Date of Birth – May 29, 1961
  • Career highlight – winning Grammy Awards and an Academy Awards for her musical work.
  • Did you know – Bruce Springsteen is one of her main musical influences.

 

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear is an American actress who shot to fame in Dynasty playing Sammy Jo Carrington. From there she went on to star in T J Hooker, Spin City and Melrose Place. She has also starred in films such as Waynes World 2 and The First Wives Club.

Heather continues with her TV career and she is also a producer of several shows.

  • Date of Birth – September 25, 1961
  • Career highlight – being nominated for several awards for her performances in TV shows.
  • Did you know – Heather is known for being something of a wild child with marriages to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

 

Mariel Hemingway

Mariel HemingwayMariel Hemingway is an actress who has starred in many films such as Manhattan, Crossing Jordan, Lipstick, Sunset, Deconstructing Harry and Little Men.

She also appeared in episodes of Roseanne. Today Mariel is the host of a spiritual cinema show which is shown on TV each month.

She separated from her husband of 24 years in 2008 and she is dating once again.

  • Date of Birth – November 22, 1961
  • Career highlight – being nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Manhatten.
  • Did you know – she now hosts yoga videos

 

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian and he is now an actor, singer, director and writer.

So far he has starred in more than 30 films including – Coming to America, the Nutty Professor films and the popular Beverly Hills Cop films with his latest film on release right now. Eddie will be hosting the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.

  • Date of Birth – April 3, 1961
  • Career highlight – receiving a Golden Globe for his performance in Dreamgirls.
  • Did you know – Eddie Murphy’s favourite singer is Elvis Presley.